The Early Earth

In the beginning“Your science class is going on a field trip, but this trip is a little out of the ordinary.  You’re going to travel back billions  of years to the earliest days on earth . . . Enter the time machine and strap yourself in . . . a dial on the dashboard shows the number of years before the present.  You stare at the dial – it reads 4.6 billion years” (Science Explorer, Pearson Prentice Hall, 8th Grade textbook, p. 338).

Thus begins the section in the public school textbook titled “Early Earth.”

The kids reading this fantasy are more likely  to actually hop in a time machine and strap themselves in than they are to find solid proof of anything stated in this entire chapter!  I do not even know where to begin to critique this section of the text being foisted on our children (assuming your children are in state run schools).  I have already pointed out that this section begins by refuting the premise already stated in the same textbook concerning the definition of “hypothesis.”  Even though the first chapter laid down the law that a hypothesis must be testable, the rest of the book keeps using the term in contradictory ways.  So much for scholarship.  (See my previous post, “Weeping in the New Year.”)

Let me quote some stuff from this section:

“How do sceintists know the age of Earth?  Using radioactive dating, scientists have determined that the oldest rocks ever found on Earth are about 4 billion years old . . . According to this hypothesis [misuse of the word again] Earth and moon are about the same age.  When Earth was very young, it collided with a large object.  The collision threw a large amount of material from both bodies into orbit around the Earth.  This material combined to form the moon.  Scientists have dated moon rocks that were brought to Earth by astronauts during the 1970s.  Radioactive dating shows that the oldest moon rocks are about 4.6 billion years old.  Scientists infer that Earth is also roughly 4.6 billion years old – only a little older than those moon rocks” (pp. 338-9).

OK, there is so much trash and non-sense in that one paragraph that it is mind boggling.  Let’s see . . .

  • Scientists “know” the age of the earth by radioactive dating?  Are you speaking of the dating method that has proven horribly inconsistent and inaccurate time and again?  The same method that says rocks exploded from Mt. St. Helens in the early 1980s are ridiculously old?
  • Dr. Andrew Snelling in a lecture this past summer pointed out that 90% of the dating methods available to scientists indicate the earth is young.  But, Darwinian scientists choose to use only those methods (10%) that typically render a “billions of years” verdict.
  • The only thing scientists can “know” about radioactive dating is it stinks as a scientific tool.  Why?  Because it assumes “the present is the key to the past,” a principle spread by Charles Lyell (Darwin’s mentor) that stated that if we observe slow processes today, that’s how things have always been.  There are tons of scientists (many even non-Christian) who now call that theory into question.  Why?  Because the EVIDENCE of past global catastrophe’s is strong, to put it mildly.  Large-scale cataclysms wreak havoc on any “radioactive clocks.”
  • I like how things are stated in the textbook so “matter of factly.”  Like, “When Earth was very young, it collided with a large object.”  And we know this how?
  • While the text makes sure to tell students about scientists’ dating moon rocks to 4.6 billion years old, it does not bother to relay the little factoid to students concerning the “surprise” NASA received when Armstrong set foot on the moon.  You see, many Darwinian scientists who assumed the moon was billions of years old assumed there would be a big, thich layer of dust on the moon.  They knew, based on their present observations, that exposure to the sun destroys rock layers and makes them into dust at few ten-thousandths of an inch per year.  At this rate, the billions of years old moon may very well have had a dust covering a few miles deep!  Armstrong was actually quite concerned about that “one small step for man.”  Would he step off the module and instantly be buried alive in moon dust?  But alas, there was not much dust at all on the moon . . .whew!  Calculations showed there were only a few thousand years of dust accumulation on the moon (Douglas F. Kelly, Creation and Change, Mentor Books, 1997, p. 150-1).
  • So, why so little dust?  Why the HUGE discrepancy between the radioactive dating and the dust accumulation methods?  More importantly, why are students not being told these things in their textbooks
  • I also like how they imply all scientists are in universal agreement on these matters of origins and dates!

Friends of Christ, the issues with this one little paragraph in a school “science” text are myriad.  The paragraph I cited above is totally incompatible with the Bible’s account of creation.  For example, the textbook assumes materials were already present before earth formed, asserting, “Scientists think that Earth began as a ball of dust, rock, and ice in space.  Gravity pulled this mass together” (p. 339).  The Bible says God created the whole universe out of nothing.  God did not need nor did He use pre-existing matter to create all that is or ever will be.  The textbook further claims the sun was in existence prior to formation of Earth (p. 339).  The Bible teaches God made the sun after the earth (Genesis 1:1-2, 16).  The list goes on.

You cannot have your cake and eat it too in this matter.  The Bible and this Onslow County public school textbook are diametrically opposed. 

Students of America – cry out!

Parents of America – cry out!

Public school teachers of America – cry out!

As for me and my house, we will take our view of origins from the only One who was there:

“In the beginning God . . .”           

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Ken Ham and The ARK Encounter

ArkAnswers in Genesis, led by Ken Ham, is causing quite a stir in the ranks of atheism, secularism, Darwinism, and sadly Christianity, with the announcement that they are planning to build an exact replica of Noah’s Ark.

If Noah’s flood is a myth, why do Darwinists care so much about this theme park scheduled to open in 2017? I don’t hear any evolutionists or Popes or Christians getting frothy at the mouth about all the secular, mythological theme parks already in existence. (You do realize the Castle at Disney World is mythological, don’t you?). Nobody wrote disparaging remarks in popular newspapers when “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” debuted!

Ah, friends, “we wrestle not against flesh and blood.”

The accusations made against Ken Ham and The ARK Encounter are outrageous. Three professors essentially blame him for our children’s poor math and science performances!  But wait a minute, I thought what our children are being taught in public schools is Darwinism, not Biblical Creation!  How can something that has not been allowed in classrooms in many decades be the reason for our students’ dismal aptitude?

I cannot say it better than Ken Ham, so please click Here and read his blog to see his rebuttal.

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An Undefiled Marriage Bed

“Let marriage be held in high honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous” (Hebrews 13:4).

Sports build character.

NOT!

If sports icons like Brett Favre and Andre Agassi are any indication of the morality and character produced by sports, parents are well-advised to keep their children out of sports and away from the lockerrooms. 

Favre’s “sexting” scandal was not really considered truly scandalous by most of the media outlets or the typical sports fans or the NFL.  We’re calloused to it by now, aren’t we? 

I wonder if Ms. Favre is calloused to it?  And his children?  Grandchild?  Nothing to inspire pride in a grandpa like knowing he sends nude photos of himself to some random woman, huh?!

And now, add Andre Agassi to the ever-growing list of the maritally-challenged.  According to Fox Sports (http://msn.foxsports.com/tennis/story/Andre-Agassi-auctions-glimpse-of-Steffi-Graf-naked-photo-011011) Agassi offered to show a nude photo of his wife to the highest bidder at an auction.  I’m sure it was all for charity, which of course justifies it.

NOT!

In the end, Agassi ended up selling out his wife, and possibly his own soul, for $4000

Men of God, Dads, brothers and sons, rise up and renounce this puny, fake, filthy excuse for manhood!  Do not allow your sons and daughters to become sports idolaters.  Sports heroes will inevitably let them down, and apparently will also lead them to glamorize defiling their marriage beds.

Defiling a marriage is an ugly thing.  Agassi welcomed another man into his private sanctuary, his marriage bed, when he “showed off” his wife’s nude body.  Favre, too invited another woman into the sacred chamber which should have been exclusively reserved for his marriage. 

Men and women, God does not look kindly into allowing a third party into our marriages, be it by way of simple interference / split allegiance, or by way of sexual immorality / infidelity.  (The only third party we should desire in our marriages is Christ Himself, and He belongs in the center, first place.) 

Friends, The Judge is coming one day.  Only one way to resolve defecating on your own marriage bed . . .

“Repent and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15).  Renounce your sexual sin and filth and cry out for mercy to Jesus who never defiled anything ever, period. 

And lest some of us get high-minded here, let’s not forget the words of the God-man, Jesus: “I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matt 5:28).

Forgive me, O Lord.  I plead the blood of Jesus over all my sins.  Give me grace to hate the stain of sexual immorality.  Give me courage and strength as a man to honor my wife and never invite, by any means whatsoever, another human partner into the sacred relationship you have given me with my wife.  Lord, please heal broken marriages today.  Please grant repentance to that man or woman who has invited someone else into their marriage.  Help them give that 3rd party the boot swiftly!  Restore the joy of sacrificial love to them.  In Jesus’ Name. 

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Weeping in the New Year

BA2274-001“Be wretched and mourn and weep.  Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom” (James 4:9).

While millions partied and puked the New Year in, I slept.  But going to bed at a normal hour was not the only thing I did to ring in 2011.  In recent weeks, I have been weeping and praying for God to move in great power in my own heart, and the in the hearts of others in my church and community to reverse the wretched condition of our souls.

Now, if weeping and mourning does not sound like anything you’re interested in, if you claim the name of Christ, you had better reconsider.  Isaiah foretold Jesus would be a “man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.”  How sadly ironic, then, that those of us who say we’re His followers are given to doing everything possible to avoid sorrow and grief.  Why, we do not even grieve over our own sins.  Instead, we flaunt them on facebook.

I cannot help but wonder what a Youth Ministry that truly understood the gravity of sin would look like.  Would games, activities, and super team-building object lessons still have prominence?  Or, would teens be meeting together to weep and pray for revival together on their knees, confessing their sins to one another and begging for some genuine accountability in their lives?

Fun and games.  Smiles and laughter.  Nothing wrong with them in their time and place, but friends, this is what the church and her ministries now center on and relish above all else!  Meanwhile, neighbors and friends plunge into hell every day.  People starve.  War rages.  Sin is promoted in governments and in school houses.

So, in 2011, what will make you weep?  What will finally bring you to obey James 4:9 on your knees?

There are many things over which I weep, but in the weeks ahead I want to hone in on one BIGGIE – the ongoing indoctrination of thousands of young students in the Satanic lies of the religion known variously as Darwinism, Atheistic evolution, naturalism or materialism.  Whatever the label, the source remains the same – the Father of Lies (John 8:44).

Darwinian evolution is not science.  It is a religion, dare I say a cult.  It is atheism.  It is faith in naturalism.  I shall in weeks ahead offer words from the mouths of Darwinists themselves (and Darwin himself) to prove my assertion.  But for now, let me begin by quoting from an 8th grade public school textbook titled Science Explorer  (Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005).

Chapter 1 “Scientific Inquiry” lays the foundations:

“Scientific inquiry refers to the diverse ways in which scientists study the natural world and propose explanations based on the evidence they gather” (p. 6, emphasis original).

“In science, a hypothesis must be testable” (p. 7, emphasis original).

So, I understand from this that science deals in evidence and in testable propositions.  Fair enough.

Fast forward to Chapter 8 “A Trip Through Geologic Time.”  Section 5, “Early Earth” states:

Scientists hypothesize that Earth formed at the same time as the other planets and the sun, roughly 4.6 billion years ago” (p. 338, emphasis original).

Wait a minute!  Time out!  How is it that scientists “hypothesize” about something that is not testable?!?  On page 7 this science text flatly stated a hypothesis must be “testable.”  Therefore, the claim that the earth is 4.6 billion years old, or got its start “roughly 4.6 billion years ago” is not a hypothesisIt is an anti-hypothesisWhat scientist was around 4 billion years ago to put this assertion to the test?

If this is the best “science” we have to offer our kids, then is it any wonder our students simply cannot compete in the global markets?  This is not science.  This textbook has just violated the law of non-contradiction (do they still teach logic in schools?).  This is senseless.  Absolute non-sense.

Funny, the statement about the earth’s age is not even a true hypothesis!  It is simply an opinionated sentence.  And, tragically, it is a false sentence.  It is a lie, and it came from the “father of lies.”

Oh, but this is just the tip of the iceberg in this so-called science textbook.  Stay tuned . . . we’re just getting started.

For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them (Exodus 20:11).

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Read a Book in 2011

Jesus said the greatest commandment we could possibly endeavor to obey is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matt 22:36, emphasis mine).

Loving God with our minds surely means engaging our minds in the things of God.  Thinking about God involves us in the highest of activities.  And surely we cannot think of God at all properly apart from His revealed Word. 

Reading God’s Word (the Bible) is the paramount way to love Him with our minds; for where the Bible speaks, God speaks.  There simply is no subsititue for daily reading and meditating and praying and thinking on God’s Holy Word.  When we take up this task, the Lord meets with us, engages our heart strings, and powerfully impacts our souls.  It seems we human creatures must first get something into our heads before it has any hope of sinking deeply into our hearts and souls.  So dear readers, in 2011, I urge you to resolve to spend more time in the Bible than ever before.  You are reading through the Bible this year, aren’t you?

Assuming your Bible reading is vibrant, then may I also recommend a few books for you in 2011?  Reading gospel-centered books is yet another way to love the Lord with our minds.  In 2010, I read about 42 books, give or take.  From those 42, I want to commend these to you in 2011:

Marriage/Parenting/Family       

Family-Driven Faith – Voddie Baucham

Biblical Manhood

The Masculine Mandate – Richard D. Phillips

Doctrine / Theology 

What is the Gospel?  Greg Gilbert; The Cross-Centered Life – C. J. Mahaney 

Personal Evangelism

The Gospel and Personal Evangelism – Mark Dever; Evangelism and the Sovereingty of God – J. I. Packer

Personal Devotion 

Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross – Ed. Nancy Guthrie; Radical – David Platt; The Red Feather – Tom Ellif

Apologetics

I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist – Normal Geisler & Frank Turek; Why Pro-Life? Randy Alcorn; Grave Influence – Brannon Howse

For Preachers

The Priority of Preaching – Christopher Ash; Spirit-Led Preaching – Greg Heisler

May the New Year find you loving King Jesus with all your mind.

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